John Cabot and His Sons Receive the Charter from Henry VII to Sail in Search of New Lands, 1496

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The original scheme for the East Corridor as set out by the Fine Art Commission in 1847 was very different to how it is today. It was thought to be a good space to illustrate events from before Christianity and after the Revolution. However the scheme was abandoned and it was not until 1907 that renewed interest arose for the east corridor under a new and more liberal government. It was decided that the decoration of this corridor was a priority and the select committee suggested that the Tudor period would be suitable for the illustrated scheme. Individual artists were commissioned to paint each section, and to keep visual unity a colour scheme of predominantly black, red and gold was employed and the height of the characters was defined at 1.


John Cabot and His Sons Receive the Charter from Henry VII to Sail in Search of New Lands, 1496




oil on canvas


H 205.7 x W 210.8 cm

Accession number

WOA 2594

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